Wild Beginnings: Barnyard Buddies

Edventure Academy Wild Beginnings

Want to try Edventure Academy, but your child is too young? We’ve designed these new programs tailored just for little ones, aged 12 months to 3 years. Each themed class includes animal biofacts, nature-themed sensory play, a story, and an opportunity to see an animal up close!  Young ones will explore with their senses as well as develop language and motor skills in the process during this early learning adventure.

Tuition per session
Members: $8 per child/adult pair
Non-members: $10 per child/adult pair
$5 per additional child in same session

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Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Family Twilight: Animal Artists

Family Twilight Animal Art

Wild about art? Our animals use their trunks, paws, hooves and brushes to paint like Picasso. Roll up your sleeves, bring a smock and join us as we paint like animals and watch an animal artist create a masterpiece. Children will walk away with a holiday themed painting perfect for gift giving!

Please note: Ages 6-12 only for this event and caregiver must stay

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Members: $20 per child or child/adult pair
Non-members: $25 per child or child/adult pair

Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Twilight at the Zoo: Sloths

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Two-Toed Sloth

For Adults Only; Ages 21 and up!

Join us for an after-hours experience with the zoo’s sloths. Senior animal staff will discuss our amazing sloth family. Guests will have the opportunity to meet our zoo’s sloths up close as we learn all about their unique adaptations. Don’t miss this opportunity to get up close and personal with your favorite animal!

$55 members, $65 non-members

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Pre-registration is required.
Please let us know if a member of your party has special needs or mobility concerns when registering.
Spaces fill fast — Questions? Call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Wild Beginnings: Herp, Herp Hooray

Edventure Academy Wild Beginnings

Want to try Edventure Academy, but your child is too young? We’ve designed these new programs tailored just for little ones, aged 12 months to 3 years. Each themed class includes animal biofacts, nature-themed sensory play, a story, and an opportunity to see an animal up close!  Young ones will explore with their senses as well as develop language and motor skills in the process during this early learning adventure.

Tuition per session
Members: $8 per child/adult pair
Non-members: $10 per child/adult pair
$5 per additional child in same session

Reserve Now

Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Edventure Academy: Herp, Herp Hooray

Gila Monster

Hop, Slither, or run over to the zoo for a class all about reptiles and amphibians!  We will explore the lives of these scaly and slimy creatures while talking about what makes them similar and different.  You’ll even get a chance to meet one up close!  Don’t misssss out on this classsssss!

Sessions:

Ages Date Time  
Ages 3-5 with parent Friday, December 7 10:30 a.m.-noon Register Now
Ages 3-5 with parent Saturday, December 8 10:30 a.m.-noon Register Now
Ages 6-10 parent optional Saturday, December 8 1:30-3 p.m. Register Now

TUITION PER SESSION
Members: $18 per child or child/adult pair
Non-members: $23 per child or child/adult pair
Additional seat (child or adult) $12

Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Wild Wednesday

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Education Kids Penguins

Hey parents… Do you need extra time to get your house ready or to prepare for Thanksgiving? Register your kids for this awesome one-day zoo camp. This all-day program will help you find time to yourself while your children enjoy a fun-filled day at the zoo. Campers will tour the zoo, see animals up close, play games and make awesome crafts. Pizza party lunch included!

TUITION PER SESSION
Members: $55 per child or child/adult pair
Non-members: $65 per child or child/adult pair

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Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Meet a Keeper: Saving Heritage Species

Syracuse Zoo RGZ Meet a Keeper Sean Graham San Clemente Goats

*NEW* Meet a Keeper Mornings!
For Adults Only; Ages 21 and up!

Enjoy light refreshments, specialty coffees and mimosas while learning about heritage breeds in the zoo’s Domestic Animal Barn.  Then experience a close encounter with some of our charming animal ambassadors and chat with their keeper.

$55 members, $65 non-members

Reserve Now!

Pre-registration is required.
Please let us know if a member of your party has special needs or mobility concerns when registering.
Spaces fill fast — Questions? Call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Wild Beginnings: Dirty Jobs

Edventure Academy Wild Beginnings

Want to try Edventure Academy, but your child is too young? We’ve designed these new programs tailored just for little ones, aged 12 months to 3 years. Each themed class includes animal biofacts, nature-themed sensory play, a story, and an opportunity to see an animal up close!  Young ones will explore with their senses as well as develop language and motor skills in the process during this early learning adventure.

Tuition per session
Members: $8 per child/adult pair
Non-members: $10 per child/adult pair
$5 per additional child in same session

Reserve Now

Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

Edventure Academy: Dirty Jobs

Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail

Decomposers have a dirty job, but someone has to do it! Join us as we meet them up close while learning about their secret lives and how these little critters make life possible for the rest of the world.

Sessions:

Ages Date Time  
Ages 3-5 with parent Saturday, November 10 10:30 a.m.-noon Register Now
Ages 6-10 parent optional Saturday, November 10 1:30-3 p.m. Register Now

TUITION PER SESSION
Members: $18 per child or child/adult pair
Non-members: $23 per child or child/adult pair
Additional seat (child or adult) $12

Classes fill quickly! Questions: call (315) 435-8511 x8559 or email kcoons@rosamondgiffordzoo.org

There’s always a lot to see at the zoo – but there’s also a lot to learn!

Edventure Academy Wild Beginnings

The wildlife education programs that AZA-accredited institutions offer ensure we are going beyond introducing people to different species of animals by also providing important information about their habits and habitats, their status in the wild and the ways people can contribute to saving endangered species from extinction.

I am pleased to announce that we have just introduced two brand new programs – Wild Beginnings for our youngest visitors and Meet a Keeper Mornings for the 21-and-over set.

Wild Beginnings is a program of 45-minute classes tailored just for little ones aged 12 months to 3 years accompanied by an adult. Each themed class includes animal biofacts, nature-themed sensory play, a story and an opportunity to see an animal up close. Young ones will explore with their senses and develop language and motor skills in this early learning adventure.

Meet a Keeper Mornings are a morning version of our evening Adult Twilight programs. This 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. education series offers a unique opportunity for adults over 21 to learn all about our animals in a relaxed setting. Enjoy light refreshments, specialty coffees and mimosas while participating in a class with up-close animal encounters and special keeper chat. Upcoming classes feature our Heritage Breeds of domestic livestock, the reptiles and amphibians in our USS Antiquities cave, birds of prey and our Asian elephant herd.

You can find information about these and many other zoo education programs at http://syracusezooevents.org/education. I hope you will take full advantage of these wonderful opportunities for lifelong learning that also support wildlife conservation at your zoo!

My Best,

Janet Agostini
President + CEO
Friends of the Zoo